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    Christmas has become commercialised and for many is the opportunity for the family to get together. Those aspects are, of course, not related to or limited by (lack of) Christian beliefs :nah:
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    (Original post by Becreate)
    I don't get why they don't celebrate Eid, I mean there's 2 of them and only one day of Christmas if they love the gifts and family time...
    I thought you weren't supposed to give gifts during Eid?
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    Atheists :facepalm: - http://theoatmeal.com/comics/apostrophe

    Because it's pretty damn secular and commercial anyway, and it's a nice time to get together with the family. Some of my non-Christian theist friends celebrate it too.
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    There was a celebration going on at this time of year before Christianity. Then Christianity came along, hijacked the festival, and much of the rest of the nation. Thankfully, we’re well past having to follow the “right” religion for fear of persecution, and most have seen through the silly claims of religions in general. The celebration remains. It’s got as much religious significance to me as worshiping Woden on Wednesdays.
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    Aitheist Meaning: Family time,Relax and exchange gifts with one another
    Christian Meaning: Birth of Jesus , The First Coming and Family time and gift giving
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    I don't speak as an atheist or Christian but Christianity is the main religion of the UK and although religion is no longer upheld in the 21st century (in the UK) it's stilla cultural thing. Instead of celebrating the birth of Jesus as Christians do on the 25th they uphold cultural believes. But I've got to say I find this extremely odd.

    Out of curiosity do any Christians find the idea of atheists celebrating Christmas but changing what it represents disrespectful?
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    because you get presents duh!
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    It's an excuse to get pissed and get gifts.

    Why the **** not.
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    (Original post by Becreate)
    Why? I see loads of people saying they don't believe in God (Athiest) or Agnostic but yet they celebrate Christmas.

    Someone explain this to me, what is the meaning of Christmas these days?
    Its when a family-based holiday is, its become way more than a religious thing etc etc. Think how much Xmas is mentioned in school. Yay, nearly Xmas holidays etc! Santa! Most ppl in the UK at least put christian on the census out of family tradition even if not really, so it is not odd that it influences the country. I know some places try and be inclusive and mention all religious holidays or call is 'happy holidays' 'festivus' etc but really it has just become this big non-religious thing and ppl don't associate it with religion so of course many non religious people are going to join in regardless because it is just something which IS every december which takes over all the shops, workplaces etc etc. There are no christians in my family that I know of, and some jewish people but the only thing we properly celebrate is xmas (and hannukah sometimes for funsies and tradition) so... yeah. Its when all the family meets and has xmassy fun and I'm glad.
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    Someone I know uses terms like, 'Christian Atheist' and 'Muslim Atheist'.

    Evidently these are oxymorons, but you get the idea. If you were raised to celebrate certain holidays and festivals, it's hard to kick the habit, especially if it's something you enjoy - I personally adore the Christmas season, it's my favourite time of the year. And yet, I don't consider myself religious at all. Even when I was younger (and had not yet challenged my beliefs), we never celebrated Christmas as a religious holiday. Nowadays it is, for most people, more of a cultural thing, all about the good food and presents and giving spirit and family reunions.
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    My Dad is a druid - can I qualify on the pagan thing?
    Tbh, I like celebrating :rofl:
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    Cos we want free stuff and a nice break from work/school.
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    Everywhere's shut for two days and there's naff-all else to do.

    Also, it means doing lots of shopping. And I LOVE shopping.
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    To tap dat ass.
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    It has become more of a celebration of being together with your family in a cold and dark time (winter), it is also a public holiday I beleive.
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    I worship santa.
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    It's a time to be with friends and family, which, despite sounding sickeningly sentimental, is something most people do enjoy xD Also... presents.
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    If I had it my way, we'd do away with Christmas and have a national holiday every time someone used an apostrophe correctly.
    It would only get us four or five extra days off a year, if that.
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    (Original post by nazirard)
    I don't speak as an atheist or Christian but Christianity is the main religion of the UK and although religion is no longer upheld in the 21st century (in the UK) it's stilla cultural thing. Instead of celebrating the birth of Jesus as Christians do on the 25th they uphold cultural believes. But I've got to say I find this extremely odd.

    Out of curiosity do any Christians find the idea of atheists celebrating Christmas but changing what it represents disrespectful?
    Not sure why they should seeing as it's a pagan festival which they hijacked and made their own.
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    (Original post by elenii)
    Someone I know uses terms like, 'Christian Atheist' and 'Muslim Atheist'.

    Evidently these are oxymorons, but you get the idea. If you were raised to celebrate certain holidays and festivals, it's hard to kick the habit, especially if it's something you enjoy - I personally adore the Christmas season, it's my favourite time of the year. And yet, I don't consider myself religious at all. Even when I was younger (and had not yet challenged my beliefs), we never celebrated Christmas as a religious holiday. Nowadays it is, for most people, more of a cultural thing, all about the good food and presents and giving spirit and family reunions.
    No they're not.

    Christian atheism is following the philosophical teachings of Christ but rejecting the notion that he is the son of any particular deity, and was merely one of the best people to have lived who we should base an archetype off of. Muslim atheism I presume is doing likewise with Muhammad and the other prophets but again rejecting the possibility of them being messages from Allah.
 
 
 
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